When the attack by poison gas on the Syrian children and adults occurred Trump responded by tweeting that it was “a consequence of the past administration’s weakness and irresolution.” It was typical of Trump to point to the Obama administration. This is the lodestone in his mind from which he measures himself in the White House. He is continually asking “how do I measure up against that president who has conned the whole world.”
It was back in April 2011, two years into the Obama presidency that Trump was interviewed by Meredith Viera. He was speaking about tracking down Obama’s birth certificate and pointed out that perhaps Obama had pulled off that con if he wasn’t born in the United States. Asked whether he had people in Hawaii checking on this, he responded: “Absolutely, And they cannot believe what they are finding. I’m serious.”
They found nothing that proved Obama was not born in Hawaii. Yes, like Trump, I’m serious. Obama went on to serve another term. Trump was the one conning the world.
There has always been lurking somewhere in the deep recesses of the Trump head the firm belief that we had been conned by Obama. As one quite familiar with the con, Trump’s goal since elected is to out Obama as a con. As the rat Murderman Martorano would say you can’t rat a rat; so Trump would say you can’t con a con.
Trump has made it clear his first and primary mission has been to destroy Obama’s major achievement “Obamacare.” Whatever it takes Trump wants to bury that. Next, since Obama was open and kind to assisting some immigrants who were here in violation of our nation’s laws he wants to be harsh on them. Understand whatever Obama did Trump wants to undo. Obama tried to clean the air, Trump will dirty it; clean up the rivers, he’ll pollute them; stop manufacture of dangerous pesticides he’ll green light them; slow down global warming he’ll set bonfires; and on and on.
Now we have the attack on Syria. The simple reason for this attack is that Obama balked when it came to dealing with the atrocities of the Assad regime. We all recall the infamous “red line” incident when Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov threw Hairdo Kerry and his boss a life preserver that Russia would guarantee Assad give up his poison gas. Hairdo gleefully swallowed it. Obama happily ducked responsibility. Assad and Putin played the game.
The most notable part of the Obama foreign policy during his last term will be how Lavrov picked Hairdo’s pockets clean while the latter grimaced in importance.
This latest attack is said to have been motivated by Trumps seeing a program on television (very believable) which showed the horror inflicted by the poison gas on children (believable) which affected Trump greatly. (unbelievable) Trump has never been affected by the plight of Syrian children who have suffered unbelievable harm for years. Proof of that is his attempts to ban them from coming to our country. Additional proof is his silence about the endless bombing of the Syrian civilians by Assad and Putin. Trump was oblivious that he was following Obama’s example.
The sarin gas attack was different because Trump could put himself in a position of stark contrast to Obama. He would strike back but would do so in a manner designed to accomplish little but to look like a lot. He launched almost 60 cruise missiles against an airfield after first telling the Russian’s who were stationed at or near the target that it was coming. They and their Syrian counterparts took the necessary precautions to prevent themselves from being injured. They left a handful of lower ranked people in harm’s way.
Putin will huff and puff but he probably gave the green light to the attack. He would have done so knowing that it is necessary to put some space between him and Trump since they were both caught in unison promising to raid the cookie jar (the deal to lift sanctions). Now to pacify Putin a deal will be struck next week in Moscow between the lone diplomat Tex Tillerson and Lavrov to ease sanctions. Lavrov won’t be able to pick Tex’s pockets because he will gladly empty them out for him. Tillerson rightly said our policy toward Syria (keeping Assad in power as Russia wishes) has not changed because of the sarin gas or missile attacks.
Bottom line: Assad (Russia’s ally) uses sarin gas to murder children and others; our response is to blow up a couple of hangers at an airfield (hardly any damage was done to runways). All else remains as normal. The whole thing is just a big Trump/Putin con.